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1980US President-elect Ronald Reagan appoints J Kirkpatrick (UN) & James Watt (Interior)

1983Egyptian president Mubarak meets with PLO leader Yasser Arafat

1894Claude Debussy's "Prélude à l'apres-midi d'un faune" premieres

2010The repeal of the Don't Ask Don't Tell policy, the 17-year-old policy banning on homosexuals serving openly in the United States military, was signed into law by President Barack Obama.

1974Phil Esposito, Boston, became 6th NHLer to score 500 goals

1941Winston Churchill arrives in Washington, DC for a wartime conference

1984Madonna's "Like a Virgin" single goes #1 for 6 weeks

1975US President Gerald Ford signs the Energy Policy and Conservation Act (EPCA)

1942World War II: Adolf Hitler signs the order to develop the V-2 rocket as a weapon.

18821st string of Christmas tree lights created by Thomas Edison

2003The New York Knicks hire Isiah Thomas as President of Basketball Operations

1990Paul Coffey becomes the second NHL defenceman to record 1000 points, doing so in a record-breaking 770 games

1939Bradman scores 138 in South Australia's 7-821 v Queensland

1832HMS Beagle/Charles Darwin reaches Barnevelts Islands

December 22nd Historical Events
Date Event
401
St Innocent I begins his reign as Catholic Pope 
795
Leo III succeeds pope Adrianus I 
1135
Norman nobles recognize Stefanus van Blois as English king 
1216
Pope Honorius III delegates degree "Religiosam vitam eligentibus" 
1465
Peace of St Truiden: Louis van Bourbon becomes bishop of Luik 
1536
English scholar Reginald Pole appointed cardinal 
1596
Ferryboat Meuniers crashes in Paris, 150 die 
1642
Pope Urbanus VIII publishes degree In eminente 
1688
Pro-James II, Earl of Danby occupies York 
1689
Heavy earthquake strikes Innsbruck 
1715
English pretender to the throne James III lands at Peterhead 
1731
Dutch people revolt against meat tax 
1772
Moravian missionary constructs 1st schoolhouse west of Allegheny 
1775
Continental navy organized with 7 ships 
1790
The supposedly impenetrable Turkish fortress of Izmail is stormed and captured by Suvorov and his Russian armies during the Russo-Turkish War (1787—1792) 
1807
Congress passes Embargo Act, to force peace between Britain & France 
1810
British frigate Minotaur sinks killing 480 
1814
Samuel Marsden of the Church Missionary Society arrives in the Bay of Islands, New Zealand to establish the country's first mission station; Sheep, cattle, horses and poultry are introduced 
1832
HMS Beagle/Charles Darwin reaches Barnevelts Islands 
1849
The execution of Fyodor Dostoevsky is called off at the last second. 
1851
The first freight train is operated in Roorkee, India. 
1862
-Jan 2nd) Raid on Morgan's: Bardstown to Elizabethtown, KY 
1870
Jules Janssen, flys in a balloon in order to study a solar eclipse 
1877
"American Bicycling Journal" begins publishing (Boston, Mass) 
1882
1st string of Christmas tree lights created by Thomas Edison 
1883
August Strindberg's "Lycko-Pers Reja" premieres 
1885
Pope Leo XIII proclaims extraordinary jubilee 
1885
Itō Hirobumi, a samurai, becomes the first Prime Minister of Japan. 
1886
1st national accountants' society in US formed (NYC) 
1888
Heavyweight boxing champ John L Sullivan challenges Jake Kilrain 
1890
Cornwallis Valley Railway begins operation between Kingsport and Kentville, Nova Scotia. 
1894
-23] Dutch coast hit by hurricane 
1894
Claude Debussy's "Prélude à l'apres-midi d'un faune" premieres 
1894
United States Golf Association forms (NYC) 
1894
French officer Alfred Dreyfus court-martialed for treason, triggers worldwide charges of anti-Semitism (Dreyfus later vindicated) 
1905
Arrest of St Petersburg Soviet members leads to an uprising of Moscow workers and fighting in the street 
1907
Saint-Saëns/Fokines ballet "Le Cygne" premieres in St Petersburg 
1910
US postal savings stamps 1st issued 
1915
Federal Baseball League disolved 
1915
Organized baseball & Federal League sign a peace treaty at Cincinnati 
1917
Flanders declares it's independence, under Pieter Tack 
1919
US deports 250 alien radicals, including anarchist Emma Goldman 
1922
Belgian parliament rejects Dutch university in Ghent 
1923
Bill Ponsford & Edgar Mayne make 456 opening stand for Vict 
1924
Babe Dye of NHL's Toronto St Patricks scores 5 goals beat Bruins 10-2 
1924
Philip Barry's "Youngest" premieres in NYC 
1930
Convention of Economic Rapprochement/Oslo Agreesments signed between some European countries in response to the Great Depression 
1934
1st flight from Netherland to Curacao (Christmas flight 1934) 
1934
Miss Theo Trowbridge sets female bowling record 702 pins in games 
1935
Yaeko Iwasaki, student of D S Harada Roshi, 1st awakening in Kamakura 
1936
1st common carrier license issued by ICC, Scranton, Pa 
1937
Lincoln Tunnel (NYC) opens to traffic 
1939
125 die in train wreck at Magdeburg Germany 
1939
Bradman scores 138 in South Australia's 7-821 v Queensland 
1939
Finnish counter offensive at Petsamo 
1939
99 die in 2nd wreck at Friedrichshafen Germany 
1940
World War II: Himarë is captured by the Greek army. 
1941
Japans invasion leader lands on Luzon, Philippines 
1941
Tito establishes 1st Proletarian Brigade in Yugoslavia 
1941
Winston Churchill arrives in Washington, DC for a wartime conference 
1942
World War II: Adolf Hitler signs the order to develop the V-2 rocket as a weapon. 
1943
Manufacturers get permission to use synthetic rubber for baseball core 
1944
Germans demand surrender of American troops at Bastogne, Belgium 
1944
Sub Swordfish departs Pearl Harbor for Japan 
1945
Utrecht: Catholic People's party (KVP) established 
1946
"Bal Negre" closes at Belasco Theater NYC after 54 performances 
1946
Cleveland Browns beat NY Yankees 14-9 in AAFC championship game 
1947
Italian constituent assembly adopts new constitution 
1948
KPIX TV channel 5 in San Francisco, CA (CBS) begins broadcasting 
1950
2 self-propelled trains of Long Island RR collide, killing 77 
1951
Australia cricket all out 82 v West Indies at Adelaide 
1952
French government of Pinay, resigns 
1952
WSBA (now WPMT) TV channel 43 in York, PA (IND) begins broadcasting 
1953
Jack Dunn III, owner of Balt Orioles in Intl League, turns name over to newly relocated St Louis Browns 
1956
"New Faces of 1956" closes at Barrymore Theater NYC after 221 perfs 
1956
Last British/French troops leave Egypt 
1956
Colo is born, the first gorilla to be bred in captivity at Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, Columbus Ohio 
1957
KWRB (now KFNE) TV channel 10 in Lander-Riverton, WY (ABC) begins 
1958
"Chipmunk Song" reaches #1 
1958
"Whoop-Up" opens at Shubert Theater NYC for 56 performances 
1958
2nd Dutch Beel government forms 
1959
Continental League awards its last franchise to Dallas-Fort Worth 
1959
NY Ranger goalie Marcel Paille wears a customized mask 
1961
US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site 
1962
1,000,000th NBA point scored 
1962
Harris County voters approve all-weather stadium for Houston Colt .45s 
1962
Kinderman Place in the Bronx named 
1962
USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR 
1963
Oakland Raider Tom Flores passes for 6 touchdowns vs Houston (52-49) 
1963
Official 30-day mourning period for President John F Kennedy ends 
1963
Cruise ship Lakonia burns 180 miles north of Madeira with the loss of 128 lives. 
1964
Lockheed SR-71 spy aircraft reaches 3,530 kph (record for a jet) 
1964
Comedian Lenny Bruce is convicted of obscenity. 
1964
First flight of the SR-71 (Blackbird). 
1965
Belgian government shuts 6 coal mines 
1965
Director David Lean's "Dr Zhivago" premieres 
1965
Great Britain sets national maximum road speed at 70 miles per hour 
1965
Radio Mil (Domincan Republic) transmitter blown up 
1966
WCVW TV channel 57 in Richmond, VA (PBS) begins broadcasting 
1969
Pete Marovich sets NCAA record of hitting 30 of 31 foul shots 
1970
Treblinka SS commander Franz Stangl sentenced to life imprisonment 
1971
KUAC TV channel 9 in Fairbanks/College, AK (PBS) begins broadcasting 
1971
UN General Assembly ratifies former Austrian President Kurt Waldheim as secretary-General 
1971
USSR performs underground nuclear test 
1972
6.25 earthquake strikes Managua Nicaragua, 12,000+ killed 
1973
OPEC Gulf Six decides to raise the posted price of marker crude from $5.12 to $11.65 per barrel effective January 1, 1974 
1974
2nd cease-fire between IRA & British; lasts until approx April 1975 
1974
Phil Esposito, Boston, became 6th NHLer to score 500 goals 
1974
Referenda in Comoros-3 islands for independence, 1 stays French 
1974
Ted Heath's house is attacked by members of the Provisional IRA. 
1974
The Provisional Irish Republican Army announces a Christmas ceasefire; before the ceasefire, they carry out a bomb attack on the home of former UK Prime Minister, Edward Heath 
1974
Iraq announces plans to increase its oil production capacity 
1975
US President Gerald Ford signs the Energy Policy and Conservation Act (EPCA) 
1976
"Your Arm's Too Short..." opens at Lyceum NYC for 429 perfs 
1976
35 Unification church couples wed in NYC 
1976
German DR banishes singer Nina Hagen 
1977
36 die as grain elevator at Continental Grain Company plant explodes 
1978
Kenney Jones becomes The Who's new drummer 
1978
Thailand adopts constitution 
1980
Cardinals release outfielder Bobby Bonds 
1980
US President-elect Ronald Reagan appoints J Kirkpatrick (UN) & James Watt (Interior) 
1981
Argentine general Leopoldo Galtieri sworn in as president 
1981
Belgium's 5th government of Martens forms 
1982
William Mastrosimones "Extremities" premieres in NYC 
1983
Egyptian president Mubarak meets with PLO leader Yasser Arafat 
1983
Islanders score 3 shorthanded goals against Caps 
1984
Bernhard Goetz shoots 4 black muggers on NYC subway train 
1984
Madonna's "Like a Virgin" single goes #1 for 6 weeks 
1984
Test Cricket debut of Craig McDermott, v WI at the MCG 
1985
"Wind in the Willows" closes at Nederlander Theater NYC after 4 perfs 
1985
74th Davis Cup: Sweden beats Germany in Munich (3-2) 
1985
STS 51-L vehicle moves to Launch Pad 39B 
1986
India score 7-676 v Sri Lanka at Kanpur in Cricket 
1987
Motley Crue's Nikki Sixx overdoses from Heroin 
1988
2 robbers wearing police uniforms rob armored truck of $3 M in NJ 
1988
South Africa signs accord granting independence to South West Africa 
1988
Tug hits oil barge, spreads 231,000 gal on 300 mi of WA & BC coast 
1989
After 23 years of dictatorial rule, Romania ousts Nicolae Ceausescu 
1989
Chad adopts its Constitution 
1989
Cold wave: -4°F in Oklahoma City, -6°F in Tulsa, -12°F in Pitts 
1989
-18°F in Denver, -23°F in KC Mo, -42°F in Scottsbluff Nebraska -47°F in Hardin Mont & -60°F in Black Hills South Dakota 
1990
Iraq announces it will never give up Kuwait 
1990
Israeli ferry capsizes killing 21 US servicemen 
1990
Lech Walesa sworn in as Poland's 1st popularly elected president 
1990
Paul Coffey becomes the second NHL defenceman to record 1000 points, doing so in a record-breaking 770 games 
1992
Libyan MIG-23UB attacks Boeing 727 at Souk al-Sabt, 158 die 
1994
"Christmas Carol" opens at Richard Rodgers Theater NYC for 18 perfs 
1994
Italian government of Berlusconi resigns 
1995
David Cone signs $19.5 million 3 year contract with NY Yankees 
1996
Steelers' Kordell Stewart runs quarterback record 80 yds for TD 
1996
Wendy's Three Tour Golf Challenge 
1996
Zimbabwe & England draw Bulawayo Test Cricket with Eng need 1 to win 
1997
Hunter Tylo awarded $4 million in Melrose Place breach of contract 
1997
Merck baldness pill for men approved by FDA 
1997
Nancy Kerrigan & Tonya Harding pre-record a show to air on FOX on Feb 5 
1997
Acteal massacre: Attendees at a prayer meeting of Roman Catholic activists for indigenous causes in the small village of Acteal in the Mexican state of Chiapas are massacred by paramilitary forces. 
1999
The Spanish Civil Guard finds near Calatayud (Zaragoza) another van loaded by ETA with 750 kg of explosives (see related event on December 21, 1999). 
2001
Burhanuddin Rabbani, political leader of the Afghan Northern Alliance, hands over power in Afghanistan to the interim government headed by President Hamid Karzai. 
2001
Richard Reid attempts to destroy a passenger airliner by igniting explosives hidden in his shoes aboard American Airlines Flight 63. 
2002
Joe Strummer, lead singer of the British punk band The Clash, dies at age 50 
2003
A magnitude 6.6 earthquake hits near San Simeon, California. 
2003
The New York Knicks hire Isiah Thomas as President of Basketball Operations 
2010
The repeal of the Don't Ask Don't Tell policy, the 17-year-old policy banning on homosexuals serving openly in the United States military, was signed into law by President Barack Obama
2012
6 people are killed by a car bomb in Damascus 
2012
8 people are killed by a suicide bomber in Peshawar, Pakistan 
2012
Tomasz Adamek outpoints Steve Cunningham in a split decision in the IBF heavyweight title eliminator at the Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem, Pennsylvania 
2015
Number of refugees reaching Europe this year passes 1 million 
2015
NY cop, female Air Force major among 6 US troops killed in Afghan attack 
2016
Nearly 300 Arrested in Congo, as Protests Appear to Wane 
2016
North Carolina rebuffs transgender bathroom law repeal 
2016
Uber halts California self-driving cars test 
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